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Pontiac in Livingston County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pontiac

 

—The City of Pontiac is named for this Intrepid Warrior —

 
Pontiac Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, April 10, 2010
1. Pontiac Marker
(Click on any photo to see the details.)
Inscription. Pontiac organizer of the conspiracy which bears his name, was born on the Maumee River in what is now Ohio, in 1720. As Chief, he led the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians at Braddocks defeat July 9, 1755. When France surrendered Canada to the English, Pontiac made peace with the new rulers, but later, enraged by his treatment from the British, he organized the Northwest Tribes into a united and simultaneous attack on the British posts, choosing for himself to take Detroit. In May 1763 all the western posts were taken except Detroit and Fort Pitt. The conspiracy failing with these defeats, Pontiac came West to organize the Illinois and Mississippi Tribes into another uprising, but failed. Four years later he was killed by an Illinois Indian near Cahokia. In strength of mind and breadth of vision, Pontiac ranks among the great leaders of his race.

The City of Pontiac is named
for this intrepid warrior

In 1837 Jesse W. Fell, a distinguished citizen of Illinois, who was associated with many activities in the early history of this city, was requested by Henry Weed, the first settler and proprietor of what is now the County Seat, to prepare a petition for a Post Office. Desiring to perpetuate some of the favorite names of the fast vanishing race, he inserted the name of Pontiac, hence the name of the city.
Right View - - Pontiac Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, April 10, 2010
2. Right View - - Pontiac Marker
Mr. Fell also named the County, choosing the name of Edward Livingston a distinguished attorney and statesman, and Secretary of State under President Andrew Jackson.
 
Erected 1936 by State of Illinois, and Livingston County Historical Society.
 
Location. 40° 52.78′ N, 88° 37.731′ W. Marker is in Pontiac, Illinois, in Livingston County. Marker is at the intersection of West Washington Street and North Main Street, on the left when traveling east on West Washington Street. Click for map. This 'Arrow Shaped' historic marker is located on the South/East lawn of the Livingston County Courthouse in Pontiac, Illinois. Marker is in this post office area: Pontiac IL 61764, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. County Seat Almost Moved (a few steps from this marker); W. W. II War Memorial - Livingston County Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Memorial - Livingston County Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); W. W. I War Memorial - Livingston County Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Desert Storm - War Memorial (within shouting distance of this
Left View - - Pontiac Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, April 10, 2010
3. Left View - - Pontiac Marker
marker); Livingston County War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln Wins His Case (about 400 feet away); Riverbank Debate (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Pontiac.
 
Also see . . .  Biography of Chief Pontiac::. A brief biography that helps in knowing Chief Pontiac. (Submitted on April 13, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
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Long View - - Pontiac Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, April 10, 2010
4. Long View - - Pontiac Marker
Pontiac Marker & Livingston County Courthouse - Pontiac, Illinois image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, April 10, 2010
5. Pontiac Marker & Livingston County Courthouse - Pontiac, Illinois
East Side - - Livingston County Courthouse - Pontiac, Illinois image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, April 10, 2010
6. East Side - - Livingston County Courthouse - Pontiac, Illinois
North/East Corner - - Livingston County Courthouse - Pontiac, Illinois image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, April 10, 2010
7. North/East Corner - - Livingston County Courthouse - Pontiac, Illinois
The Pontiac marker can be seen to the extreem left of this photo.
1900 Photo of Courthouse image. Click for full size.
Courtesy:: Illinois Archives, circa 1900
8. 1900 Photo of Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 935 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   8. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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